Riviera Maya HoneymoonsA honeymoon vacation is a treasured trip that should be no less than sensational.  One of the most sensuous places to take a honeymoon is in the cosmopolitan beach town of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.  With its warm sunshine, exotic beaches, tropical jungles, and spicy cuisine, this is where things heat up.  It also happens to be one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean with some of the most relaxing and exhilarating experiences two people can share.

A heavenly location for beach weddings and honeymoons, various Playa del Carmen resorts offer wedding packages and honeymoon packages.  While the romantic ambiance of the honeymoon suite and resort are important, the region’s unique attractions influence sensuous experiences inspiring enough to entice couples outdoors.

Top 5 Riviera Maya Attractions

Mayan Ruins1.  Tulum Mayan Ruins

The Maya Indians’ mystical relationship with nature determined where they built their cities, selecting harmonious places, such as the unique, ancient Mayan city of Tulum.  With beautiful ocean views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and white sand beaches (swimming and sunbathing allowed), it is the only Mayan city by the sea built with surrounding walls.

Riviera Maya Romance Vacations2. Loma Bonita Ranch

An exhilarating way to explore the tropical rainforests and Caribbean beaches with a companion is on horseback.  At Loma Bonita Ranch, share a horseback riding experience on gentle, well-manicured horses, galloping through the jungle and then culminating in a ride along the beach or possibly a horseback swim in the sea.

Honeymoon in the Riviera Maya3.  Cozumel Island

This Mexican island is a favorite for couples, not only for snorkeling and diving along coral reefs, but also for its Mexican jewelry, art and handicraft shops.  Only a 45-minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is home to Dolphin Discovery where visitors can enjoy an inspirational swim with friendly, trained, protected dolphins in the Caribbean Sea.

Cenotes4.  The Cenotes Route

Natural marvels called cenotes* are truly breathtaking.  Nearly 15 exist along The Cenotes Route − La Ruta de los Cenotes − near Puerto Morelos, 30 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, and are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.  Selvatica eco park, which is on the same road, offers zip-lining tours and other adventures by prearranged reservation.

Playa del Carmen Nightlife5.  La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue)

Playa del Carmen’s promenade along the beach, La Quinta Avenida, is a diverse blend of carnival and mall − an entertainment hub by day and night.  Mexican handicraft stores, classy shops, eclectic restaurants, upscale restaurants, trendy cafes, popular bars, and hot nightclubs are accompanied by street performers, such as painted mimes, fire breathers, and musicians.

With a strong international influence, Playa del Carmen offers all the modern conveniences travelers want while retaining a distinctive cultural imprint that exemplifies Mexico.  The favored white sand beaches, calm blue sea, and all inclusive packages make the Riviera Maya a popular honeymoon destination, but it also has unique attributes, such as ancient Mayan ruins, cenotes, and savory Yucatecan cuisine.

Overflowing with tropical rainforests, nature parks, exotic wildlife, marine life, the sea, and other natural wonders, the Riviera Maya exudes vitality, making it one of the most engaging places to celebrate the union of two lives.

For our top picks of attractions in Tres Rios, check out the second part of this blog post series.